Raigad district has a total population of 22 lakhs out of which 76% stay in rural areas. The district has a sizable ST population of 12% and 3% of the total population is Dalit.
Formed in 2003, Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS) aims to plug the gaps in transparency and accountability in governance, and does so with the help of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The Shoshit Kamgar Sangathana was founded by Pandurang in 1999 and has been working on issues of PDS, NREGA, health and education in two blocks in Latur district.
ill the early 1990s the Marathwada region of Maharashtra was witness to several cases of atrocities against dalits, apart from everyday indignities, and exploitation in issues of work and wages.
The East and West Singhbhum districts of Jharkhand have a sizeable tribal population with Santhal, Ho, Bhumij Munda and Sadan being the main tribes.
Gudalur has long been regarded as a politically active area with largely two factors contributing to this politicisation in the area.